Community Development Digest

Universal Design

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Council Bluffs Settles ADA Violation Allegations with Justice

Warning to developers and architects: If you're going to design and develop a major entertainment venue for a city, make sure you make it comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Otherwise, you could end up in an embarrassing confrontation with the U.S. Justice Department -- which is exactly what happened to the city of Council Bluffs, IA.

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First Set of Universal Design Standards for Commercial Buildings

The first facility to adopt these standards and become certified -- the Mary Free Bed YMCA in Grand Rapids, MI -- opened its doors to the public Dec. 7.

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